How Do I Get That Job? Education Administration

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Education and Training

    Course : Human Growth and Development

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    Principles of Education and Training

    • (1) The student completes career investigations within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (A) identify and describe the various careers found within the education and training career cluster

    • (2) The student understands societal impacts within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (C) use labor market information, knowledge of technology, and societal or economic trends to forecast job profiles within the education and training career cluster
    • (3) The student explores careers in administration and administrative support. The student is expected to:
      • (A) summarize the various roles and responsibilities of professionals in the fields of administration and administrative support
      • (C) investigate education and training alternatives after high school for a career choice within the student’s interest areas
    • (5) The student explores careers in teaching and training. The student is expected to:
      • (A) summarize the various roles and responsibilities of professionals in the fields of teaching and training
      • (C) investigate education or training alternatives after high school for a career choice within the student’s interest areas
    • (6) The student investigates career opportunities within the education and training career cluster. The student is expected to:
      • (A) compare and contrast the specific career options found within each education and training cluster program of study

    Human Growth and Development

    • (11) The student understands the skills necessary for career preparation. The student is expected to:
      • (D) demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication skills

    • (12) The student explores opportunities available in education and training. The student is expected to:
      • (B) evaluate employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and education requirements in the educational field of interest

    Instructional Practices in Education and Training

    • (1) The student explores the teaching and training profession. The student is expected to:
      • (B) determine knowledge and skills needed by teaching and training professionals
      • (E) investigate possible career options in the field of education and training

    • (3) The student communicates effectively. The student is expected to:
      • (A) demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, written, and electronic communication skills

    Practicum in Education and Training

    • (1) The student explores the teaching and training profession. The student is expected to:
      • (A) assess personal characteristics needed to work in the teaching and training profession

  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • investigate careers in education administration
    • interview and job shadow a current education administrator
    • demonstrate effective verbal, nonverbal, written and electronic communication skills
    • understand the training and aptitudes of professionals in the field of education
    • have an opportunity to hold/participate in a local exploring education administration careers competition
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Have you ever thought about what the principal does all day? While you are in class working on math problems, do you think he is sitting in his big, comfy chair playing on his phone? Or do you think he is swamped by e-mails? In this lesson, you are going in learn about education administration positions. You will also get the opportunity to job shadow different educational administrative careers such as school principals, assistant principals or even the district superintendent.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Three 45 minute classes periods

  • Word Wall

    Administrator: A person whose job is to manage a company, school, or other organization

    Assistant Principal: A person who aids the principal in the overall administration of the school

    College/University President: A leader of a college or university, usually either the executive or ceremonial head of the university or of a university campus

    District Superintendent: A person who oversees or directs a school district

    School Dean: The head of a faculty, school, or administrative division in a university or college

    School District Administrator (Chief Academic Officer or Assistant Superintendent): A person who has administrative oversight of the students, public schools, and educational services within the geographic area (school district) identified by state law

    School Principal: The educator who has executive authority for a school

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computers with Internet access (be sure to follow district guidelines)
    • computer with projector for multimedia presentation
    • presenter/remote

    Materials:

    • counseling brochures
    • district policy binder
    • school calendar
    • Special Education district handbook
    • teacher handbook

    Supplies:

    • butcher paper
    • markers

    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Prior to the lesson:

    • Become familiar with PowerPoints™, handouts and activities.
    • Arrange the classroom tables or desks into six groups. Place one sheet of butcher paper and a variety of markers at each group.

    Before class begins:

    Display as many of the lesson-related supplies (see Materials or Specialized Equipment Needed) as you have available on a table in front of the room.

    As students enter the classroom, assign each group one of the following careers:

    • School Principal
    • Assistant/Vice Principal
    • District Superintendent
    • School District Administrator (Chief Academic Officer, Assistant Superintendent and so forth)
    • School Dean
    • College/University President
  • Instruct students to write down what they think each educational administrator does on a daily basis.

    Allow the students 10 minutes to complete the assignment. Ask each group to share what they wrote with the class. Then ask the following:

    • Has anyone thought of becoming a school administrator before?
    • What education is required of an educational administrator?
    • What certificates or licenses are required for a superintendent?
    • How can knowing what a school principal does daily help students perform in the classroom?

    Distribute graphic organizer, KWL Chart – Education Administration (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Have students fill out the first two columns of the chart. Ask students to write down what they already know about education administration and what they want to learn about education administration in the second column. The last column will be completed during Lesson Closure.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and their definitions.

    If the outcome of this lesson will be used to enter the TAFE competitive event EXPLORING EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION CAREERS COMPETITION, review competition guidelines at this time. See TAFE Advisor Handbook for details.

    Introduce PowerPoint™, How Do I Get that Job? Education Administration. (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students will be expected to take notes while viewing the slide presentation. Allow time for classroom discussion.

    Throughout the lesson refer to the Word Wall so that students may become familiar with terminology. You may use a site such as wordle.net or tagxedo.com to create a digital word wall.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • checking for understanding
    • providing assistance with note-taking, navigating to the web and completing the assessment
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute handout, Career Research – Education Administration (See All Lesson Attachments tab). Instruct students they will pick one career from the list on the handout to research. This activity can be done individually or with a partner.

    Check for understanding.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • checking for understanding
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • providing peer tutoring
    • reducing length of assignment

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce Job Shadowing Project and Job Shadowing Project Rubric (See All Lesson Attachments tab). Instruct students that they will be job shadowing one individual within educational administrative careers. Teachers, you may want to pre-arrange for the students to participate in the job shadowing experience, as it is convenient for both your classroom hours and the administrators’ schedules. Projects will be graded using the Job Shadowing Project Rubric (See All Lesson Attachments tab).

    Thoroughly explain project guidelines and each rubric component.

    Teacher note: You have the option of assigning this as an assessment grade and/or entering it in the TAFE Exploring Education Administration Careers Competition. See Enrichment Activity.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • check for understanding
    • providing extra time for oral response
    • frequent feedback
    • providing peer tutoring
    • reducing length of assignment
    • assisting student in gathering information
    • providing praise and encouragement

  • Lesson Closure

    Review objectives, terms and definitions.

    Complete graphic organizer, KWL Chart – Education Administration (see All Lesson Attachments tab) to analyze what they have learned about education administration.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Student job shadowing projects will be shared with the class and assessed with rubric.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • grading according to work done
    • providing praise and encouragement

  • References/Resources

    Images:

    • Microsoft Clip Art: Used with permission from Microsoft.

    Books:

    • Early Childhood Education Today, Twelfth Edition by George S. Morrison
      This book is a great resource on early childhood education. It covers the foundation of education, programs and resources for children and families, educational needs of infants through the primary grades and the special needs of children and families.
    • Introduction To Teaching: Becoming A Professional. (Fifth ed.). by Don Kauchak & Paul Eggen
      For any student going into the teaching profession, this is an excellent choice. It is an easy read for students on all levels. It covers the changing teaching profession, the foundations of education and how to become an effective teacher.

    Websites:

    • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
      NASSP provides resources to principals necessary for leading a school, and to student leadership programs.
      http://www.principals.org/
    • The School Superintendents Association
      This site offers countless resources for operating a school district.
      https://www.aasa.org/
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism, and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    • Have students write a reflection paper about the job shadowing experience. The paper should answer the following questions:

    • What are some of the duties the administrator performs?
    • How does the administrator’s work support the work of the teachers?
    • How does the administrator’s work support the students?
    • Would this be a career you might consider in your future? Why or why not?
    • What other reflections from this experience would you like to share?
    • Survey students of various ages, teachers, parents, and administrators about characteristics teachers should possess. Compare the data and make graphs to compare information from various groups.
    • The mission of Texas Association of Future Educators (TAFE) is to foster the recruitment and development of prospective educators through the dissemination of innovative programming and relevant research. One of the ways we provide character and leadership skills is by encouraging students to participate in TAFE competitions. Students have the option to participate in the TAFE competition – Exploring Education Administration Careers. To familiarize themselves with the rules and guidelines of the competition, have the students complete Scavenger Hunt – TAFE Exploring Education Administration Careers Competition (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout. Distribute TAFE Exploring Education Administration Careers Competition (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout to assist in completing the scavenger hunt. Use Scavenger Hunt – TAFE Exploring Education Administration Careers Competition (Key) (see All Lesson Attachments tab) handout as a guide to check their answers.
  • Family/Community Connection

    Invite school district officials and community members from nearby colleges or universities to hold a discussion panel. Students can ask the guests questions about their jobs and what path they took to get to that position.

  • CTSO connection

    Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)
    http://texasfccla.org

    STAR Events:

    • Early Childhood – An individual event – recognizes participants who use Family and Consumer Sciences skills to plan and conduct a child development project that has a positive impact on children and the community.
    • Focus on Children – An individual or team event –recognizes participants who organize a community service project focused on a specific need related to children in the community.
    • Teach and Train – An individual event – recognizes participants for their exploration of the education and training fields through research and hands-on experience.

    SkillsUSA
    http://skillsusa.org

    SkillsUSA Contests:

    • Early Childhood Education – An individual event – recognizes participants who demonstrate knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice and ability to prepare and implement learning activities for children 3 to 5 years old. Contestants will prepare a written lesson plan and take a written test assessing their knowledge of child development and effective teaching strategies.

    Texas Association of Future Educators
    http://tafeonline.org

    TAFE Contests:

    • Exploring Education Administration Careers – An individual event – recognizes participants who job shadow an education administrator for 8 hours. Each participant observes the direction, leadership, and day-to-day management of educational activities in schools and other education institutions.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to lesson. For additional information on service learning see https://gsn.nylc.org/

    Possible idea: Students could plan a celebration for School Principal’s Day, May 1st.

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